A century ago the 369th Infantry Regiment, made up of nearly 3,000 African American soldiers, returned triumphantly to Harlem at the end of World War I marking the beginning of a social, political and cultural movement that would become known as the Harlem Renaissance. In honor of that milestone and the opening of Children’s Creations of Color: A Celebration of Black History Month, join us at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for a free community celebration of Harlem then, now, and tomorrow!

A string quartet from the Harlem Chamber Players will perform works by Florence Price and William Grant Still, the Harlem Opera Theaters soprano Carami Hilaire will sing accompanied by Artistic Director Gregory Hopkins, and young artists whose works will be a part of Children’s Creations of Color will speak on their pieces. Representatives from the Harlem Youth Marines will open the event with the Presentation of Colors.